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Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland

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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Bottle: Filtered.
"Bottled with approximately 1/3rd less Carbon Dioxide than most beers. This results in a fresher more natural tasting beer. Combines Hallertau Hersbrücker with Challenger. Late hopped with Styrian Goldings, which gives a sharpness like the twist of a lemon."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Golden clear amber with a small head that vanishes leaving little or no lacing. Not surprising in a beer that is low in alcohol and in body. Wonderfully hopped, spicy and bitter, with a long bitter finish. A wonderfully refreshing session beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4389) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle. Golden beer with a light head. The aroma is fruity, and citrus, the flavour is lightly dry and sparkling fruit. Overall a beautiful and great refreshing beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30003) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2006
A dark orange beer with a thick dense off-white head. The aroma is fresh with a lovely note of hops, making it very fresh. The flavor is fresh with a nice crisp malt accent on which is a nice hoppyness giving it slight hints of grass and lemon. Very refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2006
Golden color with long lasting head. Herbal, grassy, lemony and lightly resinuous hop aroma with honeyish malt. Clean and refreshing aroma. Malty and bitter flavor with herbal, spicy and citrusy hops. Dry and bitter sulfur finish. Well made session bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAY 30, 2006
i am glad that this beer is not bad, $5 a bottle for a 4.2% beer... clear golden with white head; it has aroma of sweet malt. well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
From a 500ml. short narrow neck brown bottle with a blurb on the back, no bottled/freshness date. Made a decent appearance, poured a clear orange hued golden with a foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a lemon fruity, light spicy, leafy and sweet caramelized malt nose. A crisp, smooth light bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Leafy, earthy and slightly herbal hoppy taste at first, followed by sweet caramelized maltiness, then lemony tea-like hops kick in and a sweet lemony, leafy and malty finish. A nice English IPA from Harviestoun, tasty and smooth, well worth trying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingsuttonale (4) - Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2006 does not count
Was the Baird supping this ale while contemplating a worthy sonnet! "Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day..." A pale golden beer that conjours up memories of halcyon days in summer meadows with fair country maidens. A beer with a hoppy boquet including notes of hay and a citrus twist. A most excellent bottled beer and highly recomnded.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pale gold body, minimal white head. Very thin aroma, light hops evident. Good taste, hoppy with some floral qualities, light malts also evident. Bland ending, some light hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Bill on 07/12/2009. Very clear golden yellow body with a small frothy off-white head. Spicy floral hop aroma. Spicy and floral hop flavor with some earthy malt. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 7/2/7/3/14 - 3.3 05/22/2006: Clear dark golden body with a thin frothy white head. Sweet aroma of floral hops. Flavor of floral hops and an almost tea-like flavor. 7/3/8/3/14 - 3.5

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2006
27 Mar 2006 - Fruity big floral hop aroma. Clear yellow, good head and suds lacing. Big floral hop flavour. Dry floral hop finish.


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